Fellowship Program Director: Laryssa Huryn, MD
The NEI Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch (OGVFB) offers a clinical fellowship for a 1-year period, with the possibility of further extension. Graduates from any US residency—preferably in ophthalmology—may apply.
Fellows will train in a rich multidisciplinary clinical and basic-science research environment and will acquire experience in principles of clinical research in addition to clinical knowledge related to inherited eye disease. Depending on the applicant's interest the program can be expanded to include labratory research, especially for those who are interested in an additional year of fellowship. He/she will participate in the care and investigation of a substantial number of patients—both children and adults—with broad array of inherited eye disorders including inherited retinal degnerations, congenital ocular malformations, genetic syndromes and metabolic diseases that affect the eye. The candidate will learn the approach to patients and familes and individuals with genetic diseases, methods of clinical molecular diagnosis, genetic counseling, visual electrophysiology and psychophysics. Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct clinical research projects related to vision in the laboratories within the NEI. Referrals to the Ophthalmic Genetics service at the NEI come from all over the world, with about 800 patients visits per year. Clinics are held daily.
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System.